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Georgia’s Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill Has Become Law

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Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 16 into law on May 9. Six more conditions are now eligible to use marijuana oil as a treatment option. Patients in hospice care are also permitted to possess the oil.

Representative Allen Peake, the author of the House’s approved version of Senate Bill 16, thanked specific lawmakers for their support, according to AJC.com. He thanked House Speaker David Ralston and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle for their help in getting the bill to Gov. Deal’s desk so that, “More hurting Georgians with debilitating illnesses (can) have a ray of hope for a better quality of life”.

Peake said, “My hope is that in 2018 we can fill the gaping hole that still remains, and provide legal access to medical cannabis oil here in our state with a safe, lab tested product produced within our own borders. The job will not be finished until we accomplish this task.”

Senate Bill 16 added these six conditions to the medical marijuana oil program:

  • AIDS
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Autism
  • Epidermolysis bullosa
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Tourette’s syndrome

The new law allows the maximum THC concentration to be 5-percent or less. Senators originally wanted the THC threshold to be set at 3-percent or less. When SB 16 was signed into law, Georgia had a total of 1,738 patients with 354 doctors available to recommend medical marijuana for their patients.